Council News and Features
To our members from the President and Current Board of Directors
Over the past few years, we have operated using funds that come from a very limited source. Part of our operating funds comes in the form of a rebate from the National Dues, but that amount is not very substantial. The expenditures including the USS Pittsburgh Relief Crew Scholarships and Children’s Party donations are kept under very strict control and accountability.
We have recently completed a multiyear audit to verify that the funds collected and spent have been appropriately accounted for. But, like all organizations, we continue to see rising costs in mailings, newsletters and funds that are used to support our sea services here in Pittsburgh and in Connecticut (home port of the USS Pittsburgh).
On May 31, the Board held our Quarterly meeting and in accordance with our Bylaws (Section 2.6.1) voted to assess each member a nominal $20 annual fee for the period covering July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. Such a fee has not been assessed in recent memory. This assessment will be done annually. The method of payment is provided in the 2nd Quarter Newsletter.
Thanks in advance for helping to keep the
Pittsburgh Council growing and to support our sea services.
Navy Ball held October 12
Pittsburgh Council had a great Navy Ball in Pittsburgh on Oct. 12 with the
theme “Forged by the Sea, Tempered by the Steel City.” Rear Adm. David Hahn,
Director of Naval Research and past commanding officer of the USS Pittsburgh,
was the guest speaker. Over 190 Navy personnel and friends celebrated at the
historic Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum till the wee hours of
VA Picnic held September 29
Members of the Navy League, Pittsburgh Council and the Reserve Officers Association, Sea Services Chapter Pittsburgh gathered at the Veteran's Administration Heinz Campus to thank the veterans and provide a great picnic lunch of hot dogs, home made baked beans, chips, cookies and watermelon. The Steel City Navy Reserve Officers Training Corps gathered the veterans from their rooms and brought them to the outdoor pavilion where they served the veterans lunch and listened to the many stories of service to our country. Thanks to all who participated.
Picture shows the Steel City NROTC midshipmen along with RADM Ray English, USN, Ret
Golf Outing Raised Funds for the USS Pittsburgh Children's Christmas Party
It was a gray and stormless day, but on June 1, 2018 52 ‘hearty’ golfers showed up at Butler’s Golf Course for a 10:30 AM shotgun start. We welcomed several ‘first-timers’ to our group. Skill prizes included four closest to the pin holes and two longest putt holes. High score (secret number) was attained by our Council President, Bob MacPherson. Don Elborne organized the outing for the 24th time; his able admin assistant this year was Polly Bozdech-Veater. Many special auction items and Chinese auction items were available. The preliminary results show a profit of over $2,700 for the USS Pittsburgh Children’s Christmas Party.
Another Successful and Fun Derby Party Held
May 5, 2018 the Derby Party was another success and all had a good time. The weather produced a few clouds but the
rain held off. We had 45 folks including
many non-Navy League members---- from far and wide---W.VA, VA, and Kansas
City. Dave Erdodi and Jon Minor served as chief chefs, John Caspero as
the collector of bets.
We collected $900 which contributes to the USS Pittsburgh crew and family scholarship fund.
Annual Awards Dinner Held March 10
The Pittsburgh Council members and leadership gathered on the evening of March 10 to honor the Pittsburgh nine sea services commands' outstanding sea service members and Sea Cadets. Over 50 people helped to honor the Sea Cadets, from the Pittsburgh and Erie units, as well as the active and reserve outstanding Sailors, Marines and Coast Guard enlisted persons of the year. Bob MacPherson was installed as President of the council. The Sea Cadet units provided an outstanding color guard.
The complete list of awardees is in the 1Q 2018 Newsletter.
Bob looks on as the Sea Cadets present the colors.
Steel City 2018 NROTC Mid of the Year Chosen
The NROTC unit has chosen MIDN Michael DiBacco to receive the Midshipman of the Year award from our council at the 10 March 2018 annual awards dinner.
Council Received Wreaths Across America Certificate of Appreciation
Our Council has received a Certificate of Appreciation from "Wreaths Across America" for our dedicated support and fund raising in 2017.
Pittsburgh Council modifies and approves new Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws
In December 2015 our Board of Directors approved a significant revision to our Council Articles and Bylaws to mold our organization in support of our expanded vision. Here's a link to the new Articles of Incorporation [click here] and Bylaws [click here]. The Bylaws define new roles and responsibilities of the membership to lead us forward. We look forward to our council having a positive impact in support of the Sea Services.